Johnny Football: A Modern Day Brett FavreMay 2nd, 2014
Joe wants to crush a beer can whenever he hears someone compare Johnny Football to Tim Tebow. That’s like comparing Rachel Watson to Rosie O’Donnell.
Tebow flat out couldn’t throw the ball. He was a glorified wishbone quarterback. Johnny Football has better wheels than Tebow, and a much, much, much better arm.
Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson, who runs “America’s Best Quarterback” academy, saw former Packers quarterback Brett Favre up close and personal when the Packers and Bucs were NFC Central foes. Carlson believes Johnny Football is the next Favre, and that’s both good and bad.
From a technical standpoint, [Johnny Football] throws the ball really well. He has the quickest release of all the [top] QB’s in the draft and has plenty of arm strength to be successful in the NFL. Manziel’s biggest problem is that much of what made him Johnny Football at Texas A&M is exactly what will make his NFL career an abbreviated one. Mike Holmgren recently said he is a lot like Brett Favre and I agree very much. Manziel’s “gunslinging” style makes for great watching, but for big mistakes as well.
I believe Manziel is a better, more pure thrower than Favre and will make less mistakes overall. It took Holmgren a long time to take some of Favre’s wild plays out of his game and to a Super Bowl victory. Favre continued to make great plays and some really bad ones as well, as his career continued on what seemed like forever. Unfortunately for Manziel, I think it is his overall style of play and lack of physical size (girth) that will give him a much shorter career than Favre, who played through much pain, but avoided the big injury that hit RGIII, the last phenom to hit the NFL.
I was wrong about Allen Iverson when he went into the NBA. He had a much longer and better career than I thought he would. But, I am not a basketball analyst and didn’t play in the NBA.
Here’s the thing: Favre was a stubborn good ol’ boy who wanted to play backyard football. Holmgren, his coach with the Packers, demanded Favre play in a very disciplined offense. It took years for Holmgren to sand off the rough edges of Favre because Favre was a knot-headed SOB with so much talent that Holmgren couldn’t bench him, which sort of reinforced Favre’s backyard ways.
Joe doesn’t get any sense whatsoever that Johnny Football will pull a Favre and basically tell his coaches, “F’ you, I’m just going to have fun.” He’s smarter than that.
Joe really believes Johnny Football will adjust. Willingly. That’s not to say he will be a Peyton Manning-like statue. That would be stupid. But he’ll pull back on the reigns and only use his feet when he needs to.
People like to bring up RGIII when it concerns Johnny Football. Joe places more blame on Mike Shanahan and his spawn of nepotism, son Kyle Shanahan, than RGIII. The guy was hobbled to begin with in the playoff game in 2012 against the Seahawks and Kyle Shanahan was calling quarterback options when RGIII was already hurt. That was moronic beyond words.